1st Canadian Mounted Rifles, Nominal Roll 1915
The Nominal Rolls of the Canadian Expeditionary Force are described by Library and Archives Canada as the "lists of soldiers on strength with the unit on a particular date. They were generally created in the course of a unit's formation in Canada, often in preparation for departure overseas. Five copies of nominal rolls (army form MFW 20) were to be prepared by the regimental adjutant. Two were submitted to the headquarters of the Military District in which the unit was raised (one of which was to be forwarded to the Department of Militia and Defence in Ottawa). Three were to accompany the unit overseas. The first page was to contain a list of officers, arranged in order of rank. Other ranks followed on succeeding pages, arranged in alphabetical order, showing full name, rank, and regimental number. The original thought was that Canada would raise a series of Mounted Rifle regiments as part of an overseas 2nd contingent. The Canadian Mounted Rifles (1-13) were raised under 2 Mounted Rifles Brigades, plus additional unabridged units. All 13 regiments were raised from existing Militia Cavalry Regiments from coast-coast. The 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles were raised 15 March 1915 in Brandon, MB from the 5th Princess Louise’s Dragoon Guards and 22nd Saskatchewan Light Horse, and placed under command of the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles Brigade. However, once overseas, it was found that requirements for mounted units were lower than that for infantry. 1st CMR was redesignated a battalion, and then re-employed as infantry with the 8th Brigade, 3rd Can Div. 1st CMR absorbed the 3rd CMR. 1st CMR was disbanded 15 November 1920.
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